Despite Storm, Roads Remain Open

This recent past weekend brought a lot of rain to California. In the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, it brought snow to higher elevations (above 7,500 feet). However, with the warmer conditions most of the snow has melted off from the daily rain.

According to the Tulare County Road Yard both the Western Divide Highway and Parker Pass remain open. This allows users to access the Jerkey Meadow Trailhead and Forks of the Kern Trailhead for the Sequoia side of the wilderness. If these roads are closed, the only access is by driving up Highway 178, then north up the Kern Canyon to Johnsondale, and then up the Lloyd Meadow Road.

It is recommended you have a plan B in case a storm comes in bringing snow and closing the roads. Check the weather before and the day off your trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness. Make sure to check in with the local District Office regarding the latest road conditions too prior to heading to any of the trailheads.

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